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Eligibility criteria

There is a banding system in place in order to best attribute care services to the most suitable candidates as demand grows.

If you, or someone you know, needs support, an assessment can be carried out by a qualified and experienced worker in line with national legislation. This is the basis on which we will work with you to decide if you are eligible for support and then agree on the support needed.

As a Council we need to make sure that those in greatest need of care and support receive essential help within the funds that are available.

Organise an assessment

You will need to have a Community Care Assessment carried out. In the first instance contact the Early Intervention and Prevention service on 0345 30 111 20 or by email at to discuss your situation.

The Early Intervention and Prevention Team is the first point of contact for adult care services in Perth and Kinross. They can put people in contact with their required service.

Financial contribution

Depending on your financial circumstances, you may be asked to pay a contribution towards the cost of your package of support. This contribution allows us to ensure services are available for those who need them in the future.

Financial assessment

A financial assessment will be carried out with you to determine how much, if anything, you will need to pay towards your services. This assessment takes account of your income and capital, and then calculates your contribution.

As part of the assessment a member of the Council's Welfare Rights Team will ensure you are receiving all the benefits which you are entitled to.

The eligibility criteria

Our eligibility criteria (PDF) [354KB]  is divided into banding levels of risk:

  • Critical risk - where there is life threatening harm, or a major risk to a person's independence;
  • Substantial risk - where there is significant risks of harm or danger, or to a person's independence;
  • Moderate risk - indications that there are some risks to independence or occasional difficulties;
  • Low risk - potential to maintain health with minimal support, and little or no risk to independence.

Our resources are targeted to those people described as being at Critical, Substantial or Moderate risk. People in these categories are in the greatest need of support to allow them to maintain their independence safely.

People whose needs fall into the Low risk group will receive expert advice on suitable alternatives.

Last modified on 27 June 2018

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